WWF SA contentJust months after its relocation to a safe new area, the first rhino calf has been spotted amongst the 11th population of the WWF’s Black Rhino project.

A black rhino mother has been spotted with her young calf, just months after she and 13 other rhinos from KwaZulu-Natal were relocated late last year.

The exciting news comes after the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) successfully moved its 11th population of black rhino to a new location. The project’s latest move has seen the critically endangered species relocated to a new location in the north of the country, to allow them to breed and bolster their numbers. Even more thrilling is the fact that some of the rhinos involved in this move were offspring from early project sites – a mark of the project’s success over the years. 

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Featured on 60 Minutes, the largest television magazine show in the US, the new calf is already a star. What happens next is that most BRREP calves aren’t given names, until they’re sexed and are old enough to get their own ear notch numbers. Until then, this little one will stay close to its mom and be identified by her unique number.

Since 2003, BRREP has been working to increase black rhino numbers by increasing the land available on which they can breed. With the first group of rhinos moved in 2004, the moves are done by relocating founder rhino populations to new areas. 

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Today there are about 200 black rhino on BRREP sites across South Africa. This represents roughly 10% of the country’s black rhino population, and it’s thanks to MySchool supporters and the determination and passion of committed individuals that keep the WWF’s wildlife work alive.